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Saturday, October 19 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
BBF Unbound: Mystery Making

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In this interactive workshop, five mystery authors representing different sub-genres—including cozy/traditional, thriller/suspense, and police procedural—will be led by moderator Connie Johnson Hambley to brainstorm on their feet and create a brand-new mystery using suggestions provided by the audience. Fun, fast-paced, and fascinating, this improv game offers important insights into mystery writers’ minds and the conventions of the different genres. A cozy mystery author may view a name, setting, or motive differently than a thriller or police procedural author. Sisters in Crime authors Frankie Bailey, Hallie Ephron, Kate Flora, Edith Maxwell, and Joanna Schaffhausen will engage the audience in a fun and lively session on how genre plays into plot and craft. They will show how variations on themes and relationships between victims and murderers can drive today’s crime fiction in unexpected ways.

Moderators
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Connie Johnson Hambley

Connie Johnson Hambley horrified her parents by using her law degree to write high-concept thrillers rather than pursue gainful employment. Two novels in Connie’s Jessica Trilogy–where family secrets link a world-class equestrian to a Boston-based terrorist cell–won the Best... Read More →

Presenters
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Edith Maxwell

Agatha and Macavity Award finalist Edith Maxwell writes the Amesbury-based historical Quaker Midwife Mysteries and award-winning short crime fiction. As Maddie Day, she pens the Cozy Capers Book Group Mysteries, set on Cape Cod, and the Country Store Mysteries. Maxwell lives north... Read More →
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Frankie Y Bailey

Frankie Y. Bailey is a professor in the School of Criminal Justice, University at Albany. Nominated for Edgar, Agatha, and Anthony awards for nonfiction, she has won a Macavity. Her amateur sleuth series features crime historian Lizzie Stuart. Her police procedural novels feature... Read More →
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Hallie Ephron

Hallie Ephron is a New York Times–bestselling author of eleven suspense novels reviewers have called “deliciously creepy.” Her newest, Careful What You Wish For, is about a professional organizer married to a man who can’t pass a yard sale without stopping. In a starred review... Read More →
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Joanna Schaffhausen

Joanna Schaffhausen has a doctorate in psychology, which reflects her long-standing interest in the brain―how it develops and the many ways it can go wrong. No Mercy is her second novel featuring police officer Ellery Hathaway and FBI agent Reed Markham. Her debut, The Vanishing... Read More →
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Kate Flora

Kate Flora’s fascination with people’s criminal tendencies began in the Maine attorney general’s office dealing with deadbeat dads, abused kids, and employers’ discrimination. The author of twenty-one books, Flora has been a finalist for the Edgar, Agatha, Anthony, and Derringer... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
BPL Orientation Room 700 Boylston St, Boston, MA, 02116

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